Each year the Bluffton Police Department coordinates their night out with the National alternative date, which is the first Tuesday of October. Most law enforcement agencies hold their National Night Out on the first Tuesday of August, but due to the heat here in Bluffton, we moved the night to October in 2017. More than 16,000 communities from all fifty states, Canadian cities and military bases take part in National Night Out. The first national night out was held in 1984 and was meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities. Today, the purpose continues to inform the public about police duties, but it also provides the public with information on drug prevention, neighborhood watch initiatives, and additional anti-crime efforts. It also allows residents to engage the officers and ask questions. In 2015, the National Association of Town Watch awarded the Bluffton Police Department with the National Night Out Award for our participation in the event. Last year, we had approximately 2,000 people attend the evening of fun and education. We had another 300 people from various law enforcement agencies and non-profit organizations part of the event.